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Grimeborn Opera Festival
8pm 23rd August
3pm 24th August
8pm 24th August
Origami and music. A multi-media opera installation. Verity Lane‘s two-part project draws on her 10 years’ experience of living in Japan, exploring classical Japanese traditions with a uniquely avant-garde twist.
A brand-new performance project with music, stories and concept by Verity Lane, Origami Soundscapes: Flower, Bird, Wind & Moon explores ancient symbolism and Japanese birdsong, featuring a large-scale origami performance by Coco Sato, percussion, shakuhachi and storytelling.
The Crane reimagines a Japanese folk story about a magical crane that takes human form, set around Hokkaido’s Otowa Bridge. This mystical opera installation explores traditional Japanese aesthetics through a blend of Noh theatre conventions, traditional and contemporary dance, avant-garde music and animation.
Sung in English and Japanese without surtitles.
Music and Libretto (English and Japanese) by Verity Lane
Supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Verity Lane/music, words, creative directer
Coco Sato/Giant Origami
Born in Tottenham and spending nearly a decade in Japan, visual artist, composer and writer Verity Lane specialises in creating highly visual performance installations for traditional Japanese instruments. and beyond.
Her recent multi-media projects include A Thousand Bamboo in a Dancing Wind (performance installation for 300 shakuhachi, 2 dancers, projection and performance poetry, commissioned by The World Shakuhachi Festival, held at Goldsmiths, 2018), Yugenism: Animated Soundscapes of the Japanese Sublime (supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation), and Japanese Sandscapes: The Tale of Mt Fuji where she worked with artists including Ko Ishikawa (sho/Reigakusha), Etsuko Takezawa (koto/shamisen) and Kaho Aso (traditional Japanese dance/kotsuzumi). Both projects saw Lane launch herself within London’s avant garde music scene, selling out venues across London.
Coco Sato is an award-winning Japanese artist based in the UK. Her work uses origami to change the way people see the world.
Mirei Yazawa is a performance artist based in London.
Beibei Wang is a genre defying percussionist based in London.
Tomoko Komura is a London based performer from Japan, trained at the London International School of Performing Arts with an MFA in Lecoq-based Actor-Created Theatre (2006). She has performed and toured in shows by award-winning theatre companies such as Theatre Ad Infinitum (Ballad of the Burning Star), Theatre Témoin (Jukai) and Out of Chaos (Out of Chaos).
Kiku Day is a shakuhachi player based in Denmark.
Hester Dart is a London based contralto and graduate from the University of Leeds. They study with Prof. Neil Baker and are currently finishing their second year at the Morley College Opera School. Hester is particularly interested in promoting the work of
LGBTQ+ composers and musicians. They would like to contribute towards a more inclusive and accessible environment within classical music and opera.
Rowan O’Brien is a renowned animator and 3D artist from the West Coast of Ireland. He mixes sketches, objects, computer animation, and video in his work. He has screened and exhibited work across Europe, South Korea and Japan, where he lived and studied Japanese fabric craft known as oshie.
London’s very own festival of Japanese culture – Japan Matsuri – returns on Sunday, 29 September 2019 in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the city. A regular fixture now in the London calendar, this free annual festival brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, and activities for all the family.
The concept of the theme this year is “Future generations”.
Everything kicks off at 10.00am and runs through till 8.00pm. With two stages, there is plenty to see all day. The programme of stage performance for this year is still being finalised and will feature exciting new acts as well as the return of favourites from previous Matsuri.
Enjoy the atmosphere with Japanese festival food from the numerous stalls. Join in the fun in the family activities area with games and dressing in kimono. Try your hand at Japanese cartoons on the manga wall.
Japan Matsuri is organised jointly by the Japan Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Japan Society and Nippon Club, with support from the Embassy of Japan.
After critically-acclaimed runs at the Perth, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, plus sold-out dates on a twelve-country world tour that wowed audiences from San Francisco to Singapore, and Khatmandu to Kuala Lampur, Pig in Japan comes to London for one 2019 date only.
It’s the story of failed lawyer Ollie Horn who moved to Japan for no good reason, explains what daft things he did on TV there for three years, and why he had to give it all up.
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ONLY 2019 LONDON PERFORMANCE AFTER A SELL OUT WORLD TOUR
Venue: Top Secret Comedy Club, Dury Lane
Date: Sunday 15th December
Show start: 3:30pm (N.B. Strict start time, and no latecomers will be permitted entry after this time)
Show duration: 70 minutes.
Cost: Free entry, pay what you think the show is worth on exit.
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Ollie Horn was a breakthrough act at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, where he played to sold-out audiences to widespread critical acclaim. Pig in Japan is the unmissable and hilarious tale of one man trying finding himself in a country that wasn’t really looking for him anyway.
This is a show for japanophiles, anybody who has ever felt like a fish out of water, or anybody wants to see the unbeliavably daft things Ollie did on Japanese TV to pay his rent.
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Critical acclaim for Pig in Japan:
“Culture shock comedy has been done before, but Pig in Japan is a very fine example. Ollie Horn’s pure and joyous dedication to telling an entertaining tale allows him to incorporate its wider themes almost by stealth; the mark of a gifted storyteller.” ★★★★ The Wee Review
“It’s impossible not to like Ollie Horn – an elegant and energetic orator who can keep a straight face through his funniest of jokes” ★★★★ The Mumble Comedy
“Even if you’re not a fan of Japanese TV, you will still be caught in fits of laughter with this charming and hilarious show. Ollie is a natural…he sets up the audience for jokes like he is stacking Lego.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby